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Renderings for the Dewitt Carolinas proposed Midtown project.
Dewitt Carolinas / HPA Urban Architecture

Raleigh developer Dewitt Carolinas announced a massive project that would extend the transformation of a major thoroughfare in the capitol's midtown.

United States Representatives George Holding, left, and Mark Walker could have their seats threatened based on proposed Congressional maps.
U.S. House

The political future of two GOP incumbents could be endangered as North Carolina Republican legislators advanced a new congressional district map Thursday in response to a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit.

Warning: This film is not fiction. It is the shocking truth about the coming apocalypse and the events that have led up to it.
Drift Distribution

Who really killed JFK? Why does the water taste funny? What goes on at Area 51? Paranoia is justified in movie classics about nefarious plots reaching to the highest levels of government, church or corporation. Many are allegories, others play upon our wildest fantasies, while some are true-to-life depictions of historical events.

A breakdown of North Carolina's Congressional delegation through the years
UNC Library / Jason deBruyn

A joint legislative committee finished up its work Wednesday on redrawing North Carolina's 13 congressional district boundaries, producing more than a dozen possible replacements. Now,the redistricting process must move through the house and senate with candidate filing for 2020 less than three weeks away.

Republican U.S. Senator Richard Burr
Kara Lynne Wiley / WUNC

Senators Richard Burr of North Carolina and Mark Warner of Virginia made a public appearance together during a talk at Wake Forest University, offering insights from their positions on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The late Thomas Lord, who set up foundations to support universities, including Duke University.
Lord Corporation / Laura Brinn

Duke University will receive $261 million thanks to a distribution that was triggered by the recent sale of Cary-based Lord Corporation.

Census 2020
Census Bureau

House Democrats investigating the origins of a proposed citizenship question for the 2020 Census said Tuesday they've found previously undisclosed communications between a Trump administration adviser and a redistricting guru who favored excluding noncitizens from population counts to help Republicans.

State Superintendent of Public Schools Mark Johnson
NC Public Schools

North Carolina's Republican state schools superintendent announced on Tuesday he'll run for lieutenant governor instead of his current job, shaking up races for two statewide elections just three weeks before candidate filing begins.

A pile of rubble behind a sign for cottage rentals
Connie Leinbach / Ocracoke Observer

Nearly 10 weeks after Hurricane Dorian struck North Carolina’s coast, Ocracoke Island is still under an evacuation order blocking visitors and tourism. On Monday, Nov. 11, the Hyde County Board of Commissioners agreed to allow visitors starting Nov. 22, which is the same day the island’s main road is expected to reopen. 

Rowdy performing in front of the Washington monument.
Courtesy of Mark Katz

The U.S. Department of State has a long history of utilizing cultural “people-to-people” diplomacy to advance national interests. One of those programs sends hip-hop artists all over the world to engage in artistic exchange.

Cover of 'The Last House Guest'
Simon & Schuster

Avery Greer knows what it is like to feel like a suspect in her own town. Greer, the central character in Megan Miranda’s new novel, lives in a coastal community in Maine, and when her best friend commits suicide, some people begin to suspect she had something to do with the death.

She eventually uncovers a critical clue that could counter the police narrative, and starts on a quest to clear her name and seek justice for her best friend.
 

A massive pile of debris sits outside of town on Ocracoke Island as cleanup efforts continue a month after Hurricane Dorian. All of the waste must be collected and then loaded into trucks before being transported off the island by boat.
Madeline Gray / For WUNC

County commissioners on the North Carolina coast have moved to reopen an island ravaged by Hurricane Dorian.

Southern Season, Food, Gourmet Food, Chapel Hill
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

Southern Season – a destination for speciality foods and gifts in the Triangle for decades – will be shut down early next year.

The gourmet retailer filed for bankruptcy protection in 2016 and Calvert Retail then bought its Chapel Hill store and other assets.

Calvert said in a press release it will continue to sell gift baskets and packaged foods online. The company's other stores, including Kitchen & Company in Asheville, will stay open.

State lawmakers will be back in Raleigh Tuesday to continue work on redrawing North Carolina's 13 congressional district boundaries. A joint house-senate redistricting committee is acting on a state court's urging that lawmakers fix what the judges indicated was a map gerrymandered with excessive partisan bias.

Chuck Burton / AP

North Carolina carries a little-understood risk of flooding as climate change makes rainstorms more intense — the state has the country's second-largest collection of dams in poor or unsatisfactory condition built in places where a failure could kill people.

black and white photo of Ricky Moore standing in front of his restaurant
Baxter Miller

Ricky Moore has been chasing taste for his entire life. He moved around a lot as a child because of his father’s military career, but when he was 11, his family settled back to Eastern North Carolina, in New Bern. He was surrounded by family, friends and country cooking.

Offices of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority at RDU Airport.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Park enthusiasts plan to appeal a judge's ruling that paved the way for a new rock quarry near Umstead State Park.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

The most powerful politician in North Carolina was accused of misusing campaign funds this week.

But Phil Berger's staff says this is much ado about nothing, and that the Republican from Rockingham County has twice received approval.

Mitch Kokai, of the John Locke Foundation, and Rob Schofield, of NC Policy Watch, review whether or not what Berger did should be illegal. And they also provide thoughts on the latest layer of drama within the UNC System.


Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed bills that increase teacher pay, saying the state can do better, on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

North Carolina's governor has vetoed bills that increase teacher pay, saying the state can do better.

Gov. Roy Cooper said at a news conference Friday that he vetoed two bills that increase teacher pay and pay for non-instructional staff, saying the raises are "paltry."  He vetoed two other bills that cut corporate taxes.

NC legislative building
Wikimedia Commons

Legislators met this week to tackle the task of redrawing congressional maps. The first meeting determined Republicans want to use the maps created for the advocacy group Common Cause North Carolina, while Democrats want to start from scratch. A three-judge panel ruled last week that the gerrymandered districts be redrawn in time for the 2020 election.

Matar standing next to some of her photographs.
Courtesy of Rania Matar

A teenage girl’s most intimate space is her bedroom. It is a place where she figures out who she is and tries on new identities. As Lebanese-American photographer Rania Matar watched her own daughters become teenagers, she became increasingly curious about the magic of that space.

Grant Holub-Moorman / WUNC

Thomas Taylor Jr. is fostering an appreciation of jazz legends like John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk among the state’s underground hip-hop scene.

The professor of percussion at North Carolina Central University sees North Carolina’s long history in blues and jazz as a natural foundation for today’s emcees. In his classes, Taylor invites aspiring rappers to improvise with him in front of the class — him on the drums, them with their words. Two students from that course now freestyle with him regularly.

Tift Merritt
Alexandra Valenti / Sacks & Co.

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week we've got MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger telling us about why he loves 'Traveling Alone' by Tift Merritt - the title track from her 2012 record.

Here's a video of MC Taylor performing 'Traveling Alone' at the North Carolina Art Museum in 2017.

Democratic Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren speaks to a capacity crowd of more than 3500 people at Broughton High School in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019.
Ben McKeown / For WUNC

A top contender for the Democratic presidential nomination made a campaign stop in Raleigh last night.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren energized a capacity crowd at Broughton High School with an unabashedly populist message.

Jack Klatt - It Ain't The Same
Yep Roc Records

Jack Klatt grew up in Minnesota. As a teenager, his musical tastes took him from The Clash, to Bob Marley and Woody Guthrie.  You can hear some of that in the songs from his new record 'It Ain't The Same.'

Ahead of his show at Cat's Cradle on November 9th, Klatt chatted with WUNC Morning Edition Host Eric Hodge about the new record. He talked about the process of recording the album, one that's a bit more produced than his previous work.

Book cover
Princeton University Press

When scholar Kate Bowler went to an evangelical bible camp at the age of 14, she was confronted with a new take on what it means to be a Christian: girls should submit and focus their energy on becoming good wives and mothers. Bowler pushed back against this philosophy.

Harry Smith holds up his hands in front of microphones
LISA PHILIP / WUNC

A lawyer connected to some members of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors misrepresented his connection to powerful people in state government for access to the damaging video footage of former East Carolina University interim chancellor Dan Gerlach.

Chatham Confederate Monument
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

Traffic moved slowly but orderly through Pittsboro, in Chatham County, on a recent day. Karen Howard, the driver, reached the traffic circle that can't be avoided. It's the circle around the Old Chatham courthouse.

Old Oberlin Road schoolhouse archive photo.
Albert Barden Collection, State Archives of North Carolina

Oberlin Village is an important part of Raleigh’s history — but there is not much of the historic African American community left.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

Lawmakers in the North Carolina General Assembly have begun redrawing congressional districts again. 

Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Walker is in his third term representing what is currently known as the 6th District. The boundaries have already shifted several times since he first took office. 

Walker talks about the frustrations of constant redistricting, why he joined a protest against the impeachment inquiry process, and why he's pushing to let college athletes get paid. 


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